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Multiple Exciton Generation in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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posted on 2010-07-14, 00:00 authored by Shujing Wang, Marat Khafizov, Xiaomin Tu, Ming Zheng, Todd D. Krauss
Upon absorption of single photons, multiple excitons were generated and detected in semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) using transient absorption spectroscopy. For (6,5) SWNTs, absorption of single photons with energies corresponding to three times the SWNT energy gap results in an exciton generation efficiency of 130% per photon. Our results suggest that the multiple exciton generation threshold in SWNTs can be close to the limit defined by energy conservation.

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